Master of Science


Combining the fields of chemistry, biology, physiology and biophysics, biochemistry explores the molecules of life and forms the basis for all life sciences. Biochemistry is both about the analysis of biochemical systems and the reconstruction of biological systems through synthetic biochemistry. Based on state-of-the-art biochemical research, students in the Biochemistry master’s degree program receive theoretical and practical training in the key areas of biochemistry through lecture series, methodology courses and lab rotations at the University of Bonn and at partner institutions. In addition, students acquire in-depth knowledge about the chemical biology of nucleic acids, lipids, lipidomics and metabolomics, biophysics of membrane proteins as well as the biochemical basis of neurophysiology, using state-of-the-art technologies and methods and being supervised by experienced and internationally renowned scientists. This degree program offers access to a strong research environment both at the University of Bonn (focusing on immunology and metabolic processes) and other Bonn-based research institutions.


Possible lines of work:

Biochemical foundational research (Max Planck Institutes, large research facilities, etc.), development/production/marketing (industry), molecular diagnostics (medical, biotechnological, environmental, forensic questions), clinical disciplines (pediatrics, human genetics, internal medicine, etc.), academia (teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.)

Local NC (Special selection)
Master of Science
4 Semester
Winter semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline

English language proficiency (CEFR level B2)

Applicants from outside Germany or another EU country must pass the aptitude test for university studies

Applicants must have completed an experimental bachelor’s thesis or a bachelor’s thesis in the field of bioinformatics

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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